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Collared Kingfisher

(Todiramphus chloris)
Alternate name(s): "Mangrove Kingfisher", "Sordid Kingfisher", "White-collared Kingfisher"
Size: 24-28 cm
Weight: 50-90 g (across all races)

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Collared Kingfisher at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "sordidus"

ADULT

Frontal view rendering a direct comparison of a Collared Kingfisher, front right, with a recently moulted - and thereby discoloured - Sacred Kingfisher, back left (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Buffalo Creek beach, NT, August 2013]

Lateral view of a Collared Kingfisher (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Buffalo Creek beach, NT, August 2013]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-lateral view from underneath of a Collared Kingfisher; the light barring on the chest suggests that this may be an immature bird (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[East Point, Darwin, NT, May 2013]

Race "colcloughi"

ADULT

MALE

Lateral view of a male Collared Kingfisher with its catch, a mud crab (photo courtesy of B. Kinross)
[Beachmere, QLD, February 2014]

FEMALE

Lateral view of a female(?) Collared Kingfisher (photo courtesy of B. Kinross)
[Beachmere, QLD, February 2014]

Lateral view of a Collared Kingfisher launching itself into the air (photo courtesy of B. Kinross)
[Beachmere, QLD, November 2014]

Food, Diet

Collared Kingfishers have a preference for mud crabs.

Lateral view of a male Collared Kingfisher with its catch, a mud crab (photo courtesy of B. Kinross)
[Beachmere, QLD, March 2013]

Collared Kingfisher with its prey, a mud crab
[East Point, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

The Collared Kingfisher first battered the mud crab to death...
[East Point, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

... before devouring it whole
[East Point, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

colking_20140820.mp3 sordidus
(Darwin, NT)
Contact call © MD
colking_20140819.mp3 sordidus
(Darwin, NT)
Contact calls © MD
colking_20140816_2.mp3 sordidus
(Darwin, NT)
Q&A © MD
colking_20140819_3.mp3 sordidus
(Darwin, NT)
Territorial calls (Q&A) © MD
colking_20140819_2.mp3 sordidus
(Darwin, NT)
Annoyed call(?) © MD
colking_20140819_4.mp3 sordidus
(Darwin, NT)
Various © MD
colking_20140819_5.mp3 sordidus
(Darwin, NT)
Various © MD
colking_20140818.mp3 sordidus
(Darwin, NT)
? © MD
 
colking_20140526.mp3 colcloughi
(NE NSW)
Contact call © MD

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